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Matang Wildlife Centre

 

orang utan matang

 

After visiting Bako Natural Park and Semenggoh Nature Reserve, we were a bit undecided about Matang Wildlife Centre.

Many online reviews stated than it looks more like a zoo than a conservation centre, other pointed out that the cages where the animals are kept are too small.

Others assured me that they are doing a lot to help animals and that they are constantly improving their facilities

In the end, I decided that the only way to get out of doubts was to get there and see it with my eyes.

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Animal abuse in Bali

farmed pig in Candidasa
farmed pig in Candidasa

 

One my my biggest fears when I travel is to stumble upon some case of animal abuse.

Bali is known to be a paradise on earth and to be pretty vegan friendly, but as its human population in omnivore the cases of animal abuse in Bali are just the same as in any other country of the world.

I have noticed that many bloggers are strongly concerned about stray cats and dogs, but I honestly think that this is not the major problem...the worst cases of animal abuse in Bali (as anywhere else) are related to farmed animals.

I discovered so many examples of that in only a few hours that I need to share this with you.

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Travel designer: let us plan the trip of your dreams

Travel Designer

Before we start…read this 🙂

 

The first time me and Riccardo met, we started to speak about travelling right away.

We had travelled before meeting each other, most of all with tours or flights bought in agencies.

The second time we met we started planning our first trip together: we decided we would visit Japan and organize everything by ourselves.

We felt that we wanted something more from our trips: follow what others had planned for us wasn't enough!

And so the adventure began... that was the starting point of many years of travelling, of researches, of learning tricks on flight booking, hotels, ethical activities, apps, and most of all....food!

But travelling is more than that for us: it's a lifestyle. When we are at home we are always thinking about our next destinations, and trying to share with others our past ones.

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Arashiyama Monkey Park

mother monkey arashiyama
Mother and child

 

Our trip to Japan was marked by hunger and sweat, but we also had the opportunity to live many unforgettable moments.

This visit to Arashiyama was our best day trip from Kyoto, we enjoyed the day and we now carry a sweet memory of this experience 🙂

We had the opportunity to spend time roaming around free monkeys (I know, we always meet monkeys everywhere we go, we love them), have a nice walk and enjoy the views.

First of all, even if it was really (believe me when I say it) hot, we didn't mind walking our way up the hill.

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Semenggoh Nature Reserve

orangutan
orangutan playing on a tree at Semenggoh

 

During my trip to Borneo I wanted to visit 3 different types of national parks and reserves to learn more about the Government’s plans for wildlife conservation.

After Bako Nationl Park, a place where animals roam free, I decided to visit Semenggoh Nature Reserve and, in the end, Matang.

Semengooh is located just a short drive from Kuching and its famous for it’s program of orangutans rehabilitation, as a matter of fact, its main attraction is its Wildlife Center, where endangered species, once kept illegally as pets, are trained on how to fend for themselves before being released into the forest.

This kind of centers are of vital importance for these animals: the orangutan is an endangered species and is totally protected by law in Malaysia, Indonesia and internationally. Today, there are an estimated 20-27,000 orangutans left in the wild (perhaps 20,000 or so in Borneo and the rest in Sumatra).

Deforestation, human depredation of their habitat, indiscriminate hunting and the live animal trade are  all factors that have contributed to a decline in their numbers.

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Bako National Park

proboscis monkey
proboscis monkey

I’m writing this post sitting on the porch outside the house that I rented inside Bako National Park.

It’s been a rainy day, I spent the last two days hiking and now I just want to sit here and share my experience about this place, I only hope that monkeys won’t be attracted too much by my pc :-), they are really quick in stealing things from tourists!

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